The back-of-the-envelope history of the Anti-Defamation League

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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was formed by B’nai B’rith in 1913 to be the leading Jewish defense agency in the wake of the conviction of Leo Frank, an officer of the National Pencil Co. of Atlanta,Georgia,, for the murder of 13 year old Mary Phagan, a shop floor worker at the pencil factory. It was a verdict that many believed to be a miscarriage of justice, which was compounded by Frank being kidnapped from prison two years later and lynched, the only American Jew known to have suffered that fate.

By 1937, the Anti-Defamation League had embarked on another occupation, keeping files and spying on what it considered to be communist or pro-communist organizations and individuals. In that year, a 1947 Congressional hearing revealed, it had begun providing information on the recently formed National Lawyers Guild and on individuals applying for government jobs to the original House Committee on Un-American Activities chaired by the notorious racist and anti-semite, Rep. Martin Dies, which came to be referred to simply as the Dies Committee.

In the anti-communist witch hunts conducted at the beginning of the Cold War, the ADL assisted and acted as a go-between for both the Congressional committees and members or former members of the CPUSA who chose to inform on their former comrades and friends, including, in at least one instance, family members.

While the ADL’s public face was that of an organization determined to rid the country of neo-Nazis and skinheads, its raison d’etre in the absence of any serious threats of anti-semitism, was not defense of Jews, per se, but defense of Israel and the intimidation and public humiliation of its critics. While that invariably gained the ADL headlines, what was hidden from the public was of equal importance. The ADL, by the late 1980s had begun one of the largest private spying operations in the United States, a fact that was discovered by the San Francisco police in 1992 when it raided the ADL office after discovering that it had been working with a rogue SF cop, Tom Gerard, who had been providing the organization with personal non-public information about a host of American citizens, but, in particular, those supporting the Palestinian cause and opposing South African apartheid.

It turned out that this cop was partnering with a San Francisco weight lifter, Roy Bullock, who had infiltrated the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and a number of other organizations and had in his files the names of over 10,000 individuals and over 600 organizations, most of which were kept in what Bullock labeled as Pinko files. Bullock and Gerard were also being paid by South African intelligence officials to provide them with the same information on anti-apartheid activism that they had been collecting for the ADL.

Bullock had been identified as the ADL’s “main fact finder” by the late Irwin Suall, who headed the group’s intelligence apparatus, but depositions taken at the time revealed there were similar spying operations being conducted by the ADL across the United States. Despite the ADL having promised to cease trying to illegally obtain information on its enemies at the time in exchange for not being prosecuted, there is no evidence that it has. Rather it has strengthened its ties with police across the country through its LEARN program (Law Enforcement Agency Resource Network) in which it trains police in dealing with “extremist groups” and “hate crimes.” 

The ADL has become identified with the antics and pronouncements of its long-time national director, Abe Foxman, who has made a name for himself by taking on anyone he considers guilty of anti-Semitism, which means criticizing Israel or the abuse of Jewish power. In the past this has included Marlon Brando, Mel Gibson, and most recently Oliver Stone. Jews are not immune, as Tony Judt found out in 2006 when Foxman interceded with the Polish Consulate in New York to prevent the British Jewish writer from giving a talk in the building’s meeting room on “The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy.”

Now, Foxman is in the headlines once again, trying to prevent an Islamic center, one that would be open to everyone, from being constructed adjacent to the site of the World Trade Center bombing. This would appear to be a clear violation of the mission statement of the organization, part of which states that its “purpose is to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens.” For Foxman, apparently, that mission no longer includes Muslims.

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  1. worker bee
    July 31, 2010, 9:58 pm

    Not “adjacent.” Two blocks away. C’mon, guys, you should know better! ;)

    “an Islamic center, one that would be open to everyone, from being constructed adjacent to the site of the World Trade Center bombing.”

    • Berthe
      July 31, 2010, 11:57 pm

      And you can’t see the WTC site from the Islamic Center site. Theres a couple of big buildings in the way.

      How is the ADL still a respectable organization with this history? It sounds more like a hate group.

      “In the absence of any serious threats of anti-semitism,” indeed. The “American Al Qaeda,” Adam Gadahn/Pearlman is the grandson of an ADL board member. That “Revolution Muslim” group whose members had all been West Bank settlers from Brooklyn.” There was a story recently of a Jewish girl at George Washington University who painted swastikas on her own dorm door and got caught by a concealed camera. Makes you wonder how coordinated, funded and organized it all is. I don’t know if it is true but I read that the German-American Bund was funded by the ADL.

    • Psychopathic god
      August 1, 2010, 8:57 am

      ADL’s objection to the Mosque is one issue; equally if not more important and frightening is ADL’s access to private information about your and my life and family.
      Consider: ADL Trains US Police Forces and FBI

      • U.S. Law Enforcement Receive Counter-Terrorism Training in Israel
      09/11/09

      U.S. law enforcement professionals taken to Israel as part of the ADL National Counter-Terrorism Seminar (NCTS).
      • Civil Rights Division Staff Present at Annual Conference of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools
      08/12/09

      ADL led two workshops at the annual conference of the US Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools in Washington, D.C. in early August.
      • Domestic Extremism Briefings in Southern California
      07/30/09
      Briefings to law enforcement in Southern California on right-wing extremism and the white power subculture.
      • ADL Presents for United States Park Police
      07/20/09
      Full-day training program on extremism hosted by the United States Park Police in Washington, D.C.
      . . .

      The Department of Homeland Security was Joe Lieberman’s idea. Dana Priest was interviewed on C Span Washington Journal about a week ago (before the full impact of Priest’s massive study of the explosion of US intelligence gathering contractors was buried under the chatter over Julian Assange’s revelations — NYT had that information for two weeks. Any bells ringing?) Priest said that no one understands how Homeland Security works; it’s an agglomeration of laws and rules pulled in from numerous other government institutions.

      In Niall Ferguson’s two-volume history of the Rothschilds, which Ferguson composed based on his exclusive access to Rothschilds’ private papers, Ferguson made the point that Rothschilds success relied equally on access to government decision makers and access to INFORMATION.
      ADL has access to police information (not going to bother right now to research the police information systems that link records from all over the country into databases accessible to . . . . to ADL. Does that scare the crap out of you?

      You want to go public with your activism, you feel patriotic, you think you know something; are you willing to expose your private life to attack by ADL who will intimidate you with exposure of that drunk and disorderly arrest 10 years ago, or impact the lives of your family members in some way. . . .??

      Americans have been systematically and systemically intimidated to the point that they will protect their private lives by granting the government the “green light” to kill Iraqis, Palestinians, Afghanis, Iranians.

      This happened before: this is how zionists in Germany from the 1880s thru 1940s terrorized the German public. THAT is why Germans reacted in rage to the Jewish people among them.

  2. Taxi
    July 31, 2010, 10:17 pm

    Mr. Obama, please STOP giving racist organizations like ADL tax breaks!

  3. Shunra
    July 31, 2010, 10:25 pm

    So, uh, does this shed any light on whether the prefix “neo” in “neocon” is actually another lie?

    I had no idea about the ADL’s activities.

    • demize
      August 1, 2010, 3:12 am

      That’s a good point. Do you mean were they merley acting as informants while nominal Trotskyites at CCNY? I can’t believe Horowitz wasn’t informing on the Black Panther Party. I don’t see people so dramatically realigning their Political ethos as they have been purported to have done.

  4. Nevada Ned
    July 31, 2010, 10:52 pm

    Thanks, Jeffrey Blankfort, for your excellent hidden history of the ADL.
    There’s more!
    After Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi publicly whitewashed Mussolini’s fascist regime (which enacted anti-Jewish racial laws, and toward the end deported Jews to German extermination camps), the ADL gave Berlusconi an award (!!), the Distinguished Statesman Award. Why? Because under Berlusconi, Italy was a close ally of Israel. [Source: Norman Finkelstein's eye-opening book Beyond Chutzpah] The take-home lesson here is that the ADL hasn’t been a civil-rights organization for a very long time. Instead, it’s part of the Israel Lobby.
    Here’s the way the game is played: someone criticizes Israel. The ADL then blasts the critic for anti-Semitism, a serious charge (if true). Thus the ADL spends much of its time in defaming critics of Israel. The ADL tried this on Walt and Mearsheimer, but without success.

    • Psychopathic god
      August 1, 2010, 10:46 am

      The ADL then blasts the critic for anti-Semitism, a serious charge (if true).

      what makes the charge of “antisemitism” “a serious charge (if true),” NevadaNed?
      Who gets to define what antisemitism is; who gets to decide whether the charge is true or false; and underlying those steps, why do Jewish people get special treatment and special protections beyond any other group in the US or, given the worldwide portfolio of the State Dept. office of antisemitism, in the whole world? Why do Jews get special treatment, and why are Jews the legislators, judge, and jury on how their privileged treatment is carried out?

    • Don
      August 1, 2010, 4:00 pm

      Nevada Ned “…Mussolini’s fascist regime… toward the end deported Jews to German extermination camps”.

      Perhaps you could be so kind as to provide evidence of this? According to Jewish scholars I have come across, there is no extent evidence, for example, that the Italian Army ever handed over, to the Germans, so much as even ONE Jew.

      So where is the historical evidence for your comment?

  5. hophmi
    August 1, 2010, 1:32 am

    I have written to the ADL to express my opposition to their position on this issue. The press release does clearly mention that its position is based on the views expressed by the 9/11 families, not on any particular argument made by the bigots opposing the center.

    Jeff Blankfort back-of-the-envelope history is predictably ridiculous, omitting the ADL’s long history of civil rights and civil liberties activism.

    • Jeffrey Blankfort
      August 1, 2010, 5:51 pm

      Perhaps, you don’t think the struggle against the HUAC and McCarthyist witch hunts was a civil rights matter. Sure, they backed up the black civil rights movement, that part of which was not militant, but they were spying on every other civil rights group such as the NAACP, the Japanese-American Citizens League, La Raza Unida, the Asian-Law Caucus, and all the solidarity groups for Central America and the Philippines. To tell you the truth, I have been active in the civil rights movement before there was one and I never saw hide nor air of the ADL until its spy infiltrated our Labor Committee on the Middle East. I was fortunate enough to get a copy of at least part of its spy’s file on me, which was sent by the ADL to both Israel and South Africa, and after 10 years, received a paid settlement from the organization without agreeing to sign a “confidentiality agreement.” In other words, that I can talk about what we learned from the depositions and evidence I am free to talk about which is why when the listeners to my radio program on a public radio station complain to the ADL about me, they are told simply “to monitor” my programs, since it is not about to take any action against me.

      A few years back, I was on a panel with two other anti-Zionist Jews at KPFK in Los Angeles where we were supposed to debate three full blown zionists, one of them from the ADL, who pulled out at the last minute without sending a replacement. It was too bad but smart on the ADL’s part because I had a large file from our case that I was going to ask its representative about, beginning with its spy’s work for the South African apartheid regime and why he had not only the key but the floor plan to the office of Alex Odeh, the head of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Orange County who was killed when a Jewish terrorist blew up the office.

      One of the more telling events that occurred during the deposition taking was one that exposed the close ties that exist between the ADL and Israeli intelligence. It took place when our lawyer, former Congressman Pete McCloskey brought former Mossad agent, Victor Ostrovsky, to the Bay Area to be deposed. Ostrovsky had aroused the anger of Israel and its supporters by writing two books—both best sellers—that exposed the workings of the Israeli spy agency.
      While he was unable to provide any helpful information about the ADL, what astonished us, and no doubt, Ostrovsky, was when the lawyers for the ADL demanded that he turn over to them the papers he had spirited away when he quit the Mossad and left Israel.
      Of course, Ostrovsky didn’t comply but the record of their request remains.

      When it has come to “civil rights,” there has been only one litmus test for the ADL and for other mainstream Jewish organizations, “Is it good for the Jews.” So why the ADL has actively opposed “affirmative action” for African-Americans because, they say, it presupposes quotas which once negatively affected Jews, they buy off black politicians and preachers so they will keep quiet about it. It is all for immigration reform benefiting Latinos, not just because it offers them a chance to hire a cheap nanny or gardener, but because it, like the American Jewish Committee, has been actively wooing the growing numbers of Latino voters because that would be in Israel’s benefit. In fact, ADL has a special department for Hispanic Affairs, and like the Congressional Black/House Negro Caucus, all of its members of the Latino Caucus in Congress are in the Israel Lobby’s pocket. It has been so successful that there is not a single well known Latino leader who speaks critically of Israel. Next question?

      • Mooser
        August 1, 2010, 6:00 pm

        Poor hophmi! I think Jeffry was just lying in wait to open another can of whup-ass on him! All new stuff, to.

        Well done, both the article, and this little addendum. If that’s the word I want.

      • hophmi
        August 2, 2010, 3:42 am

        Jeffrey, you’re completely full of shit.

        There are too many positions to mention that ADL and AJC has taken and things that they have done that have been of little or no direct benefit to Jews. From the mentoring projects, to civil rights training, to working on hate crimes legislation, to work on immigration reform, to work on church-state issues, only an ignorant fool would claim that these organizations are guided only by “what is good for the Jews.”

        The ADL has not “actively opposed” affirmative action. It filed a brief in favor of Bakke. It has been on the side of affirmative action proponents in virtually every other case, the latest being the brief filed in favor of Bollinger in Grutter v. Bollinger, as I pointed out the last time you made this nonsensical argument. Just about everybody I know at both organizations supports affirmative action, a policy, needless to say, which does not benefit Jews in any meaningful way today and in all honesty, probably hurts them. What you say is just complete and utter bullshit, the absolute opposite of the truth. No reasonable person would conflate opposing racial quotas with being against affirmative action. It is propaganda on your part, nothing more.

        It is an old antisemitic canard to claim that the Jews are only for themselves, but mostly, it’s ignorant tripe.

      • Jeffrey Blankfort
        August 2, 2010, 11:29 am

        The ADL has consistently opposed affirmative action beginning with Bakke and for those who wish to see the record, just Google “ADL+affirmative action.”

        As for Grutter vs Bollinger, this is how one site summed up ADL’s position:

        “Anti-Defamation League (Gratz & Grutter)
        While supporting the University’s commitment to diversity, ADL believes the University’s admissions scheme denies prospective students equal protection by emphasizing their race, and not relevant individual characteristics.”

        The American Jewish Committee, the state department of the Jewish establishment which focuses on outreach to the African-American and Latino communities took a supportive position.

        I have not made any claims that apply to all Jews, but to the organized Jewish establishments with which I have had more experience than I would have wished. They are totally reactionary and dedicated to doing what is best, or what they think is best for Jews, and that is the criteria for their inter-group and inter-faith relations, the latter being used to make non-Jews feel guilty for not having done more to save Jews during WW 2, an argument that has grown more than a bit tiresome and was never valid to begin with.

        Obviously, Jews, as individuals, have played important roles in all the major political and social struggles that we have seen in America, although at a declining rate since the founding of the state of Israel. Hophmi, it appears, is not one of them.

        Rather he/she/it is clearly one of those Jews who has answered the call from the big machas of the Zionist International to get on websites such as Mondoweiss and do their hasbara schtick. It’s a tough job, like cleaning up an elephant’s quarters at the end of the day, but someone had to do it. But here’s a hint, Hophmi, take a shower afterward. We can smell your aroma even through our computer screens.

      • hophmi
        August 3, 2010, 10:38 am

        “Rather he/she/it is clearly one of those Jews who has answered the call from the big machas of the Zionist International to get on websites such as Mondoweiss and do their hasbara schtick. It’s a tough job, like cleaning up an elephant’s quarters at the end of the day, but someone had to do it. But here’s a hint, Hophmi, take a shower afterward. We can smell your aroma even through our computer screens.”

        You don’t know a damn thing about me. You have no argument; all you have is ad hominem invective, like everyone else here. You’re just a garden-variety radical, Jeff. Embrace your ordinariness.

  6. demize
    August 1, 2010, 3:07 am

    Jeffrey I. Read your recent piece on Finklstein’s position vis a vis single state, two state with great interest. This just confirms what I was saying regarding Police and their use of and interchangability with reactionary crimminal elements in another thread. ADL has been repugnant for some time, this is them jumping the shark so to speak.

  7. SkepticalHumanist
    August 1, 2010, 3:57 am

    The ADL made a huge mistake on the “9/11 Cultural Center” issue. It truly stuns me-not that I would put this past the ADL- that they could make such a major strategic error without realizing the potentially self-undermining consequences it may trigger. Zionists seem to realize their cause is crumbling enough with Israels actions (hence the increasingly rabid and belligerent rhetoric/slander). Now the key organizations granting Israel legitimacy has revealed itself a lobby group of bigotry in its stealth slander (by implication) of Muslims.

    For the life of me, I just can’t figure out the motivation for that press release, or the fact that given the outrage, even from hasbara kooks like Jeffrey Goldberg, that the press release has not been deleted or modified in any way.

  8. Colin Murray
    August 1, 2010, 6:53 am

    So essentially the ADL has become a privately-owned political intelligence agency in the service of a foreign power? I grew up thinking the the ACLU and ADL were the ‘good guys’.

    I had thought they merely became corrupt. I like to think of myself as a realist, but ‘reality’ keeps on being worse than I had guessed. Does that make me an optimist? :)

    • Avi
      August 1, 2010, 3:54 pm

      When I made the comment a few days ago about the ADL being another tentacle of the AIPAC octopus, I thought that this was common knowledge.

      Lo and behold, it turns out my comment could have easily been viewed by many as sensationalist exaggeration, given the unfamiliarity with ADL’s history.

      This isn’t directed at you, Colin. It’s just that your post reminded me of several others of similar nature.

      By the way, it’s good to see you posting again. That’s some hiatus you’ve been on.

  9. lysias
    August 1, 2010, 8:14 am

    Is it only in the service of that foreign power, or is it also in the service of the powers that be in this country? (If the latter, that would help to explain why it is treated so reverentially by the media.)

  10. Zorro
    August 1, 2010, 8:31 am

    FTA:”In the anti-communist witch hunts conducted at the beginning of the Cold War, the ADL assisted and acted as a go-between for both the Congressional committees and members or former members of the CPUSA who chose to inform on their former comrades and friends, including, in at least one instance, family members.”

    I wonder how this will play in Hollywood? Their therapists will be working overtime this week.

  11. Eva Smagacz
    August 1, 2010, 8:58 am

    I smiled at this paragraph in Washington Post (amusing bit in italics): “The nation’s leading Jewish civil rights group opposes the planned mosque and Islamic community center near Ground Zero, saying more information is needed about funding for the project and the location is “counterproductive to the healing process.”

  12. Rowan
    August 1, 2010, 9:20 am

    Throughout the entire period of the existence of soviet communism, social-democrats (meaning supporters of the second international) conspired with western liberals against it. The 1960s were full of social-democratic anti-communist groups; the CIA specialised in creating them all over the world, and particularly in europe. The undercover collaboration of the ADL with the secret police of apartheid south africa is a quantum leap, but it was also rationalised as anti-communism. Jeff’s dates suggest that this collaboration against the anti-apartheid ‘communists’ went on until about the time the soviet union collapsed, at the end of 1991. It would have undermined the ADL’s anti-racist facade completely if it had been allowed to become widely known. The alliance between center-left (or left-liberal) US jews and black rights activists in the US broke down in the late 1960s at least partly because of israel’s collaboration with apartheid south africa.

    • hophmi
      August 2, 2010, 10:16 am

      “The alliance between center-left (or left-liberal) US jews and black rights activists in the US broke down in the late 1960s at least partly because of israel’s collaboration with apartheid south africa.”

      A very little part, since there was virtually no Israel-South African collaboration at that point. There are many reasons why the Black-Jewish alliance broke down and plenty of blame to go around, but South Africa does not have much to do with it.

  13. Richard Witty
    August 1, 2010, 10:01 am

    Hatchets in response to hatchetts.

    If only we had reasoning in response, rather than escalation.

    • Mooser
      August 1, 2010, 11:28 am

      “If only we had reasoning in response, rather than escalation.”

      Yes, Witty, the Zionist-Israeli response toward all attempts at moderation or even a simple lessening of intransigence has been pathetic, and much worse. I’m glad you finally recognise it. Good for you.

      But there is, for you, a shining flare of hope you can hang your son’s kipper on. Hatchets haven’t got a chance against white phosphorus or nuclear bombs.

    • Mooser
      August 1, 2010, 2:25 pm

      “….escalation.”

      Sure, natural, and so right! An alternate history of the ADL, supported by facts, is the same as shooting rockets when there should be a ceasefire. Makes sense, perfect!
      Yes, I know Witty, it’s even worse when compared to the almost superhuman restraint and adherence to facts displayed by Zionists in their discourse. You guys never get a break.

  14. Jeffrey Blankfort
    August 1, 2010, 12:39 pm

    The actions of the ADL in keeping a watchful eye on anti-apartheid activists and South African exiles was in keeping with an overall plan on the part of the American Jewish establishment to suppress any criticism of Israel’s ties with South Africa which were much more extensive than what was known at the time or since until see Sasha Polakow-Suransky’s recent: The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relations with Apartheid South Africa.

    What was also a part of that and critically important was a deal made in 1973 between former American Jewish Congress head Arthur Hertzberg and Rep. Charles Rangel in which the Congressional Black Caucus (which more accurately should be called the House Negro Caucus) would continue supporting without question US aid for Israel (which would also come to mean not publicly complaining about Israel’s arm sales to South Africa) in exchange for the Jewish establishment’s backing of the CBC’s domestic agenda, maintaining the government’s welfare programs.
    The CBC/HNC kept its side of the bargain to its everlasting discredit while there should be little doubt but that the way those welfare programs were designed and administrated has been ultimately detrimental to the larger African-American community. On the the other hand those House Negroes who agreed to take their marching orders from AIPAC invariably found the funding and critical political backing to maintain their seats. There were a number who didn’t, the most notable being Cynthia McKinney. They were all eventually driven from office. That Rangel is now threatened with being driven from office himself thanks to his other criminal activities seems an altogether fitting end to his career.

    • Schwartzman
      August 1, 2010, 6:13 pm

      Jeffrey, you can really craft a good conspiracy. You should try Coast to Coast AM, they are always looking for some articulate nutzoids to waste 3 hours on the radio.

      http://www.coasttocoastam.com

      • Psychopathic god
        August 1, 2010, 6:28 pm

        Coast to Coast!

        man, I used to listen to that all the time when I had to commute 240 miles to my job. It was the only think that kept me awake, til I got to the Smoky Mts., usually just about sunrise.
        it was always breathtaking, those hills at sunrise.

        but you Schwartzman; tell us about the time you were taken up in a space ship. Did you return with some shiney metally thing in your head?

      • Schwartzman
        August 1, 2010, 10:50 pm

        PG,

        yeah, George Noorey is a tool box, though. Long live Art Bell!

      • Rowan
        August 2, 2010, 9:32 am

        Schwarzman, maybe you never got William Burroughs’ memo:

        “A paranoid is just someone who knows what is really going on.”

      • demize
        August 2, 2010, 6:51 pm

        In Uranus. Mae Brussel.

    • LanceThruster
      August 2, 2010, 12:31 pm

      I had often wondered about the rationale for Israeli support of South Africa and its apartheid policies. In a sense, much like many of our conventional wars, they were a proving ground for the tactics and technology of oppression. Wasn’t South Africa the largest purchaser of weaponry from Israel, particularly due to sales restrictions imposed by other countries? There is also much written about cooperative efforts in chemical, genetic, and bio-warfare.

      Great piece, Jeffrey. Thank you for your continued efforts in providing accurate background and uncovering the truth.

  15. Mooser
    August 1, 2010, 2:20 pm

    “Oy, there’s a new discourse a comin’
    Comin’ down the rail-road track,
    Oy, there’s a new-kind discourse comin’
    Comin’ down the rail-road track!
    It’s that anti-Zionist Special,
    Runnin’ down those zio-hacks….”

  16. hayate
    August 1, 2010, 3:04 pm

    Jeffrey Blankfort

    Thanks for that piece and the follow up. I didn’t know of the adl’s collaboration with the anti-commie goons of that earlier period, before WW2 and during the mccarthy witch hunts. I should of figured on them doing things like that, given their later history, which I was somewhat familiar with. Your info about the pre-war adl collaborations leads me to speculate this org had been doing that from the beginning, probably was doing it during the palmer raids even. Collaboration with the right in attacking the left was probably one of its main functions all along. I also suspect the adl was one of those “rich boys clubs” whose other main purpose was to protect fellow wealthy Jewish people from prosecution or discrimination and defend their interests. The anti-discrimination work they did concerning others being more of a cover to better facilitate their work empowering their rich members and undermining the left.

  17. Les
    August 1, 2010, 8:04 pm

    What a different world it would be if the media turned to you for the history of the ADL. Being Jewish makes you doubly disqualified.

  18. rachelgolem
    August 1, 2010, 10:31 pm

    Israel may be the new South Africa,

    but South Africa will soon be the new Zimbabwe.

    And Iraq will soon be the new Cambodia.

    And through it all, most “Zionists” will still have a nice, warm comfortable home to sleep in.

    And normal people will never say, “I am afraid to put my children on a plane will Zionists”.

    And 38 years from now, some of you will still be complaining about 100 year old refugee camps. And how there was once a “worker’s paradise” in the Soviet Union.

    • Rowan
      August 2, 2010, 9:34 am

      “Normal people will never say, “I am afraid to put my children on a plane with Zionists.”

      They already do, droves of them, all perfectly normal, whatever that means.

      • hophmi
        August 2, 2010, 10:18 am

        “They already do, droves of them, all perfectly normal, whatever that means.”

        They’re called bigots, Rowan.

  19. Avi
    August 1, 2010, 11:07 pm

    And through it all, most “Zionists” will still have a nice, warm comfortable home to sleep in.

    That’s because there are more Zionists in the US than in Israel. Of course they will have a nice,warm, comfortable home to sleep in.

    But, if you think that Israel is that home, then you’re in for a surprise. Israel cannot survive the next 10 years, let alone 20 years. And it’s not just me who says so, the US intelligence community believes so as well. You’re probably not familiar with the CIA’s estimates concerning Israel and its policies. The writing is on the wall, golem.

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